# Monday, 27 July 2009

Episode36

Martin Shoemaker is the UML Guy.
In this interview, Martin explains what UML is and how to use it to improve your development process.

25 mins, 45 secs

Monday, 27 July 2009 18:30:01 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Friday, 24 July 2009

Next week will be a busy one for me. I wrap up my current billable project on Monday and I need to prepare for Friday and Saturday when I will present three different talks in two cities on two days.

In addition, I am scheduled to speak at the October meeting of the Microsoft Developers of Southwest Michigan.  Sadly, a death in my family forced me to postpone last week's MEF talk at the West Michigan .Net User Group. Thank you to Jeff McWherter for filling in on short notice.

Date                  Event Location Topic Description  
Fri. July 31 NPlus1 Architecture Summit Microsoft office, Southfiled, MI An Introduction to Object Oriented Programming
Are you new to OOP? Do you want a refresher on the benefits of Interfaces and the differences between implements and extends? The morning session is a two hour introductory course of Object Oriented Programming. If you are new to OOP the lessons in this session will prepare you for the more advanced topics in the afternoon. link
Fri. July 31 NPlus1 Architecture Summit Microsoft office, Southfiled, MI Software Patterns
Patterns are an important tool to use as architects and developers. They provide a common vocabulary for us to design with, as well as a common approach to a common problem. Come learn about useful patterns, and how to use them in your everyday code. link
Sat Aug 1 Lansing Day of .Net Breslin Center, Michigan State University Using Microsoft Distributed Cache to speed your application
Retrieving data from a disc or a database can be a time-consuming operation. Data that is accessed frequently can be stored in an in-memory cache, which can speed up its retrieval considerably. Microsoft Distributed Cache (aka “Velocity”) provides a framework for storing and managing cached data. In this session, we will discuss how to use this framework in your application and demonstrate some code that implements this framework. link
Thu Oct 22 Microsoft Developers of Southwest Michigan TBD, Kalamazoo, MI Using Microsoft Distributed Cache to speed your application
(see above) link

 

Friday, 24 July 2009 18:08:56 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Episode 35

In this interview, Jesse Murray shares his opinions on how to implement SharePoint solutions "the right way".

17 mins, 52 secs

Wednesday, 22 July 2009 03:15:42 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 20 July 2009

Episode 37

I spoke with Michael Eaton halfway through the 2009 Ann Arbor Give Camp. We talked about what went into this year's event and his ambitious plans for next year.

19 mins, 21 secs

Monday, 20 July 2009 03:54:10 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Episode 34

Brian Genisio is developing Silverlight and WPF applications using the Model-View-ViewModel pattern. In this interview, Brian describes the pattern and how to use it.

8 mins, 56 secs

Wednesday, 15 July 2009 07:07:45 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Tuesday, 14 July 2009

My sister Denise passed away very suddenly Saturday morning. I very much appreciate all those who have offered their love and support over the past few days.  Below are the details of her funeral and visitation.

Visitation
 Wednesday 7/15, 3-9PM
 Thursday 1-9PM (Rosary at 7PM)
 Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons Funeral Home
 36900 Schoenherr Rd.
 Sterling Heights, MI 48312
 Map: http://is.gd/1yL05

Funeral Mass
 Friday 7/16, 10AM
 St. Isadore Catholic Church
 18201 23 Mile Rd. (at Romeo Plank Rd)
 Macomb, MI 48042
 Map: http://is.gd/1yLLJ

Entombment
 Resurrection Cemetery
 18201 Clinton River Road
 Clinton Township , MI 48038
 http://is.gd/1yLN6

Denise and David

Tuesday, 14 July 2009 20:55:36 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 13 July 2009

Episode 33

In this interview, Corey Schuman describes Silverlight. He discusses the difference between Silverlight and other technologies, such as Windows forms, ASP.Net and Flash.

10 mins, 30 secs

Monday, 13 July 2009 05:50:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Wednesday, 08 July 2009

Episode 32

In this video, author and speaker Josef Finsel describes moving databases to "The Cloud" using Azure Table storage.  You can read more of his thoughts on the subject at http://azuredba.com/blog.aspx

11 mins, 9 secs

Wednesday, 08 July 2009 12:46:42 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Monday, 06 July 2009

Episode 31

In this interview, Jim Wooley discusses the relevance of stored procedures and best practices for accessing a database.

13 mins, 32 secs

Monday, 06 July 2009 00:16:55 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)
# Saturday, 04 July 2009

Contribupendence Day is the brainchild of Microsoft Developer Evangelist Jeff Blankenburg.  He came up with the idea a year ago and this is the second year in which I have participated.

Jeff pointed out that most of us sometimes get to work with outstanding people (true for me) and that we often don't take the time to recognize the contributions of those people (also true for me). To correct this, he deemed July 3 "Contribupendence Day" - a day in which we can contribute to the independence from mediocrity of outstanding colleagues.  

Jeff suggested that we do this by choosing a few excellent past or present co-workers and writing a recommendation on a networking site. I chose four former co-workers and wrote a recommendation for each on LinkedIn. I won't list their names here, but you are welcome to view my LinkedIn profile and see what I wrote.

I don't expect anything in return but I didn't expect anything last year and I ended up reaping benefits anyway.  I wrote a number of recommendations last July in response to Jeff's call. A couple months later, I found myself out of work and looking for a job. One strategy in my job search was to request LinkedIn recommendations from former co-workers. I believe that I received better responses from these requests because I had so freely given recommendations earlier in the year. I was touched and delighted by the outpourings of those willing to write nice things about me in a public forum. During my job search, several interviewers told me they read my LinkedIn profile and were impressed with the quantity and quality of the recommendations I received.

So take a few minutes today to speak honestly about those who have impressed you. You never know when or how the favor will be returned.

Saturday, 04 July 2009 00:44:26 (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)